CVMC opens Coumadin Clinic


first_imgCentral Vermont Medical Center,Central Vermont Medical Center s Outpatient Anticoagulation Coumadin Clinic provides patients with a complete and organized approach to anticoagulation therapy, using established protocols. Protocols to manage therapy are followed by anticoagulation clinic nurses under the medical supervision of Dr. David Ospina. A comprehensive assessment by a registered nurse along with intervention and education provide patients the tools they need to have successful outcomes.Physicians prescribe the anticoagulation medication coumadin to reduce the blood s tendency to form clots. It is important to regularly check the medication s effect to ensure that the patient s blood is not too thin or too thick. Therefore physicians will provide a referral to the clinic and set up a patient s first appointment.The clinic is located in the CVMC Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU) located immediately off of the main lobby. Patients first go to registration and then to the ACU waiting room. The clinic is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on holidays.Medicare and most major insurance companies cover clinic visits with varying co-pay amounts. Check with Medicare or your insurance company for details.last_img read more

Flood kills 5 in southeast Spain


first_imgResponders on a boat rescue a person stranded inside a flooded tunnel in Pilar dela Horadada, Spain on Sept., 2019. REUTERS ORIHUELA, Spain– At least five people have been killed and some 3,500 evacuated in two days oftorrential rains in southeastern Spain, with many roads, railways and anairport closed on Friday and emergency services rescuing people stuck inflooded highway tunnels. Floods swept away cars and debris in theregions of Valencia, Murcia and eastern Andalucia. Motorway tunnels in someareas were flooded almost up to the tunnel lighting, with some vehicles partlyor fully submerged.center_img A man who had been missing since leavinghis home on foot earlier on Friday was found dead in the village of Redovan inValencia. Another was found in Granada province after his car was swept off amotorway and a third man in Almeria after trying to drive through a floodedtunnel, rescue services said. (Rueters)last_img read more

Student chosen for LA Health Commission


first_imgCrane worked with USG Sen. Jillian Halperin, a junior majoring in communication, and other senators to create the Bystander Intervention Training Program, a project that requires at least one executive board member of every registered student organization to undergo training to learn how to intervene in unsafe situations. “[I] saw a lot of problems with how education and public health was tackled by the campus,” Crane said. “I saw victims of sexual assault from my work [with EMS], and I saw issues of homelessness around USC with the Red Cross. I thought, ‘There’s got to be a better way to do this.’” “I think this is going to be an extension of who he has been as an intern — very forward-thinking, anticipatory, coming up with new ideas, always willing to take that extra step,” Vick said. Crane said his experience as a pre-med student, speaker pro tempore in Undergraduate Student Government, director of Emergency Medical Services at USC and president of the American Red Cross chapter at USC motivated him to approach medicine from the perspective of social advocacy. “I’m really happy that he took the initiative to ask,” Vick said. “I did not have a formal intern application … he just asked for the opportunity and we figured it out.” Crane said he has a lot to learn from the veterans in his commission and is excited to implement concrete policies that will benefit the community. “We provide policy recommendations on everything, from evaluating existing projects to proposing new ideas — trying to stem public health issues where they start,” Crane said. “Many of the things deal with social health disparities and advocacy on behalf of people who might not have as much of a voice in city council.” Crane will work with the commission over the summer until October, and in Fall 2019, he will attend The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Ever since senior Matthew Crane formed a close bond with a trauma surgeon at a local hospital he worked at, he knew he wanted to be a public health professional. As an intern, Crane was the primary author of the commission’s 2018 annual report, which presented and addressed a wide variety of issues facing the L.A. community, ranging from disease outbreaks to public bathroom availability. Senior Matthew Crane was sworn in as a Los Angeles City District Health Commissioner March 11. Crane, the USG Speaker Pro Tempore is the youngest member to ever be elected to the commission. (Photo from Facebook) “They were my first choice: they’re the No. 1 school for public health,” Crane said. “It was a really great fit at the interview … I’ll be attending there in the fall, pursuing an M.D. and hopefully an M.P.H. [Master of Public Health].” “Making the biggest impact on the community is something that I find personally rewarding,” Crane said. “When you look at really big issues — whether it’s homelessness in Los Angeles or sexual assault at USC — these are things that really need to be targeted with policies … that are wide-reaching. I think that public health is the way that you … solve those problems.” The Los Angeles City Health Commission’s goals are to evaluate the health needs of the city’s population, determine whether these needs are being met and implement cost-effective policies which address them, according to L.A. County Department of Public Health program director Nicole Vick. Crane was sworn in on March 11, and will represent the 13th district of Los Angeles. After working on the annual report and reading an article about UC Berkeley students being sworn into commissions, Crane said he was motivated to become a member. Vick said she first met Crane when he reached out to her for an internship opportunity after she came to speak at a USC Red Cross chapter meeting in 2017. “There was a recent Typhus outbreak, and right now, that’s a big focus for the city health commission,” Crane said. “We’re drafting a letter to the mayor regarding pest-resistant trash bins and having those made available in Skid Row.” Crane said that he often notices parallels between his work experience as a student and his current position as health commissioner, since they both entail serving and advocating for the well-being of specific communities. “The report establishes background for a lot of different areas of improvement within Los Angeles — things like sobering centers and public bathroom availability,” Crane said. “It provides a summary of where the issue is at right now, and then it provides policy recommendations.” Now, the human biology major and Undergraduate Student Government Speaker Pro Tempore has become the youngest person ever elected as a Los Angeles City Health Commission. “There were a few vacancies in the health commission,” Crane said. “I thought, ‘I’ll toss my resume in,’ and I got picked.” “He … chaired [the project] and was really helpful in coordinating with so many different campus partners in making sure that we could get the project funded,” Halperin said. “We really couldn’t have done that without him.” The commission and Crane are currently focused on drafting a resolution — set to be published next month — concerning health issues impacting citizens on Skid Row. Vick said she has no doubt that Crane will continue to pursue public health advocacy as a commission member with the same passion and drive he had as an intern. “I thought what [the trauma surgeon] did was really interesting,” Crane said. “I saw how he took care of the whole community … I thought, ‘That’s what I want to do.’” “There’s a lot of adults very experienced in politics [in the commission], and I’m just trying to catch up and learn what political advocacy looks like at that level,” Crane said. Halperin said she’s excited for the next chapter in Crane’s life. “Whatever he puts his mind to, he’s just going to succeed,” Halperin said. “I can’t believe he’s graduating and moving on, but he’s truly an incredible person and an incredible colleague.”last_img read more

Your greatest asset


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Lifetime earnings for most Australians equal between four and six times the value of the equity in their homes. But while we insure our house, most of us don’t protect our incomes. We interviewed more than 500 employed people aged 20-45, most of them earning between $50,000 and $100,000 per year. The first thing I noticed? Just 3.1 per cent were unaware of income protection insurance, yet only 6 per cent of Australians protect their income. Interestingly, 31.7 per cent of the respondents didn’t think they had income protection unless it was provided by their super fund. I like that tax breaks are given to people who source their income protection insurance through their super funds. However, many members don’t pay much attention to what they are actually getting from their fund: three out of five of the major industry funds don’t have income protection as a default option, so if you’re relying on them to look after you in this respect, you could be out of luck. Also, funds offering default income protection have strings attached: one of Australia’s largest industry super funds enforces 90 day ‘wait’ periods before you can draw the income insurance and it has ‘capped’ monthly payouts at $850, regardless of how much you earn. I believe this is a matter that breadwinners should take control of, regardless of the ‘default’ insurance in their super. If you haven’t investigated these policies before, I urge you to talk with an insurance broker or financial adviser. You should have a policy that suits a full time, part time or self-employed person, and it must be a policy that covers what you need without paying for what is irrelevant. The cost is also an important factor in relation to income protection. Our research shows 42 per cent thought it was too expensive. So how much does it cost? It depends on a number of factors including monthly benefits, age, profession and smoking status. Here are four scenarios: Finance Manager, Male, 41, non-smoker, insuring a $5,000 monthly benefit (30 day wait; 12 month benefit). He will pay $39.52 per month. Nurse Manager, Female, 35, non-smoker, $4,000 monthly benefit (30 day wait; 12 month benefit). She will pay $41.42 per month (if any “hands on” it rises to $53.32) Domestic Plumber, Male, 29, smoker, $5,000 monthly benefit (30 day wait; 12 month benefit). He will pay $72.21 per month. Gardener (unqualified), 47, female, non-smoker, $3,000 monthly benefit (30 day wait; 12 month benefit). She will pay $117.56 per month. Remember, you can take income protection insurance in your super, but you can also buy it personally and claim the premiums as a tax deduction. Also, most companies will offer policies that cut off at 60 years old, but many policies are now extended to 70 – so long as you ask, which is why I suggest talking to a professional adviser. Start by at least asking what you’d do in the event of illness or injury. Be honest to yourself, and then talk to an expert. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on mark.neos@ybr.com.au with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch.last_img read more